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PILATES – CONNECTING TO YOUR CORE

How do you connect to your core?  How do you find that abdominal connection?

Most people who attend pilates sessions want to strengthen their core.  Using your core correctly and being able to move from a good core connection takes regular consistent practice.  It’s not easy and many people give up and progress to exercises that are far too challenging for their core, far too soon.  Without correct core control they may risk injury.

I sometimes call the core either trunk or torso control.  Not sure about either of these terms, one reminds me of elephants and the other crime scenes!  Your core control consists of pelvic floor support which leads to the connection to your transversus muscle.  Your transversus muscle is like having your own natural corset to support your lumbar spine.  When you feel this contract, it’s like sliding doors coming gently across your lower abdomen.  Your core also consists of many other muscles, your upper abdominal muscles, obliques, gluteal muscles in your buttocks, and multifidus (muscles that run the length of your back).

What is also important is that your connection to your core needs to be relative to the movement your are doing.  Subtle strength!  Bracing your belly button in prevents correct breathing and movement.

Getting kinaesthetic feedback is important, which is why I teach clients using softballs, foam rollers and  wobble boards.  The pilates equipment such as the reformer and stability chair  are brilliant for providing this connection and feedback.

Once you find this trunk stability, we then start connecting the arm and leg movements to your trunk.  But that’s another story!

 

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THE CAT – PILATES STUDIO SESSIONS

THE CAT – a well known exercise in Pilates and Yoga.  Performing Cat on the Stability Chair is amazing.  When you work with the resistance of the springs, it helps you realise that you need to use your gluts and your hamstrings in an all 4’s position.  This takes a lot of the strain out of your wrists and arms. It also helps you to quite naturally use your core without bracing, and to feel this lovely wavelike movement through your spine.

This is just one of the movements I may teach if applicable to the client at 1:3 sessions in my studio in Lake.  Sessions include matwork exercises as well as working on the pilates equipment.

 

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Lunchtime studio pilates sessions coming soon!

LUNCHTIME STUDIO PILATES SESSIONS

Pilates studio sessions will be available every Wednesday from 12 midday until 2pm., starting on 6th June.  Each session is an hour, price £22 per session, or if you pay for 4 in advance £80.  Previous pilates experience is a must, or if you have no previous pilates experience or very little, then book in for some 1:1’s to get you going.  Duets also possible, if you have a friend you would like to share the session with.  During  these sessions you will be getting bespoke Pilates tuition, using the pilates reformer or stability chair, as well as small equipment.

Please contact me by e mail hilary.pilates@hotmail.com or phone 07506 711774 to book.